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Peter K. Bsumek

James Madison University

Based in

United States
North America

Peter K. Bsumek is Professor in the School of Communication Studies at James Madison University, where he has served as the director of the MA program in Communication and Advocacy and coordinator of the undergraduate interdisciplinary Environmental Studies minor program. His research and teaching focus on rhetoric and the processes of advocacy and decision-making in social change, with a specific emphasis in environmental communication.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States

Focus areas of expertise

Communications research

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Peter K. Bsumek, Steve Schwarze, Jennifer Peeples, & Jen Schneider. 2019. “Strategic gestures in Bill McKibben’s climate change rhetoric,” Frontiers in Science and Environmental Communication, 4:40 (August 2019).

Peter K. Bsumek. 2018. “Communication and neoliberalism.” In Oxford Encyclopedia of Communication and Critical Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press (December 2018).

Jen Schnieder, Steve Schwarze, Peter K. Bsumek, & Jennifer Peeples. 2016. “Under pressure: Coal industry rhetoric and neoliberalism,” London: Palgrave MacMillan UK (May 2016).

Jennifer Peeples, Peter K. Bsumek, Steve Schwarze, & Jen Schneider. 2014. “Industrial Apocalyptic: Neoliberalism, Coal, and the Burlesque Frame,” Rhetoric and Public Affairs (Summer 2014).

Peter K. Bsumek, Jen Schnider, Steve Schwarz, & Jennifer Peeples. 2014. “Corporate Ventriloquism: Corporate advocacy, the coal industry, and the appropriation of voice.” In Environmental Communication and Voice, London: Palgrave MacMillan UK (January 2014).

Steve Schwarze, Jennifer Peeples, Jen Schneider, & Peter K. Bsumek. 2014. “Environmental melodrama, coal, and the politics of sustainable energy in The Last Mountain,” International Journal of Sustainable Development, 17 (2), 108-122 (January 2014).